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2014 Rivers-Marie - Pinot Noir Silver Eagle Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 93 WA
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 366029-2014-750-2B
  • Burghound | Rating: 92

    A whiff of menthol sits atop the mix of red and dark currant aromas that are trimmed in Asian-style tea nuances. There is once again good volume and mid-palate concentration to the succulent and generous proportioned yet focused middle weight plus flavors, all wrapped in a beautifully complex and persistent finish. This isn't as refined as the Occidental but it's more powerful and while these two wines are rough qualitative equals, their respective characters are almost polar opposites.
    Author: Allen Meadows
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The 2014 Pinot Noir Silver Eagle comes from a vineyard owned and managed by the famous Ulises Valdez. It is planted with a Vosne-Romanee clone as well as the Calera clone and Dijon 828. This is by far the most complex and intriguing of these Pinots with a deep ruby/plum, color, a super nose of black raspberries, black cherries, damp earth and forest floor. This is full-bodied, spicy, rich, long and Burgundian with a Grand Cru Cote de Nuit-like personality. Drink it over the next decade.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Vinous | Rating: 90

    The 2014 Pinot Noir Silver Eagle Vineyard is a bit rustic and rough around the edges, especially given the purity that is so typical of this vintage at Rivers-Marie. A sheen of reduction clouds some of the purity of the dark red and purplish-hued fruit, while the whole clusters (12%) are more evident here than they are in most of the other wines. It will be interesting to see if the Silver Eagle finds more finesse with time in bottle. Today, though, it is a bit disjointed.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
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  • "Perhaps the finest California pinot I have ever had the pleasure of tasting," says Allen Meadows in 2006. And that was enough for Rivers Marie to catch fire throughout an ever-increasing cult of Pinotphiles.

    However, the story of Rivers-Marie begins with Thomas Brown, a native of South Carolina who caught the wine bug travelling through Europe as a twenty-something. He found his way to Napa Valley and learned under the tutelage of Ehren Jordan at Turley Wine Cellars. Years later, after becoming a consulting winemaker for more than a dozen wineries, Brown was connected with Scott Zeller, owner of Summa vineyard, and subsequently asked if he wanted some fruit.

    From there, Thomas Rivers Brown and his wife, Genevieve Marie Welsh took advantage of their golden opportunity to make awesome Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. In the debut vintage of 2002, Summa vineyard was Brown's only source of Pinot Noir, but he soon expanded to other vineyards near Occidental, including Occidental Ridge. Now, in addition to producing some of the most sought-after and critically acclaimed Pinot Noir, the pair also produces Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and Howell Mountain Cabernet.

    California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 95 bottles owned
    • 34 collectors